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- Why Higher Education Is Desperate for McAfee’s Comprehensive Security Approach Apr 17 This week I got a heads up briefing on McAfee’s latest router security release (part of Intel security), which more deeply integrates routers into its unique approach to comprehensive corporate security. The company indicated it was having surprising success given that a core portion of the product came from a recent acquisition, which was still in the process of being integrated into the company. Generally, benefits of an acquisition don’t really start to show up until after the acquisition has settled. It turns out that higher education is chomping at the bit for this solution, which provides an interesting data point for everyone else.
- How Dell OEM Could Fix the Affordable Care Act Apr 15 I’m not a fan of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but my issue isn’t the same as most conservatives who believe that it is an unearned entitlement for folks who don’t want to work. My issue is that it isn’t affordable. This is because health care in the U.S., far from being the best in the world (we just beat Slovenia at 37), is number one in cost. The core of the problem is that it isn’t affordable—not that it isn’t available. I maintain that if the government would have fixed the affordable part first, it could have implemented nationalized health care and even the wealthy and young would have saved money.
- How IBM Made Power Relevant Again and Surprised Intel Apr 10 Until recently, the tech market focus on processors surrounded two current processor technologies: ARM, which exists mostly for mobile devices but is trying to move up market to PCs and servers, and X86, which is mostly on PCs and servers and trying to move down market to mobile devices. ARM has the advantage, largely because moving up market increases margins and thus is far easier to fund, while moving down market reduces margins, making it hard to get the funding needed to compete. However, Intel, the dominant vendor in the x86 space, due to those larger margins, can put more resources on defense than ARM can put on attack. This suggests that Intel would be strongest on defense in the space it occupies and ARM the strongest on offense.
- Transcendence and Analytics: What If the End of Mankind as We Know It Were a Good Thing? TechNewsWorld | Apr 21 Our decision making can be flawed due to Confirmation Bias, which makes us see only things that agree with a position we've already taken, and Argumentative Theory, which maintains that status goes with being seen as right. Note I said "being seen as right," not actually being right, which likely explains the unfortunate number of politicians in every party who seem to be idiots.
- Meet the Most Profitable PC Company You've Never Heard Of CIO | Apr 18 Dell's Original Equipment Manufacturer division makes custom PCs for companies in a variety of industries. It also makes money. With sales of plain ol' out-of-the-box machines on the decline, this might point to the future of the PC.
- Google's Amazing Image Strategy with Google Glass TMCnet | Apr 16 You would think that a company being pounded for privacy issues and facing a competitive marketing effort that made fun of those issues (Scroogled) would pull back and circle the wagons at least with regard to privacy. But Google isn’t built that way. They sat back and figured the way to get people to stop accusing them of a crime was to implicate their fan base and making those fans pay $1,500 for the privilege of buying a product that makes Google’s past spying seem trivial by comparison. It seems folks aren’t all that upset if Google is spying as long as they are doing the spying, go figure?
- Microsoft's New CEO: Adding What Was Missing Datamation | Apr 16 Newly minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella appears poised to make some much needed changes.
Rob Enderle on…
Hackers and Twitter accounts
"The banks lock down the accounts when they see unusual activity. The Twitter accounts are not being monitored at all so you take a Twitter account and you get a couple days with it before they get locked down."
Google’s encryption changes and outsiders’ ability to intercept Gmail messages
"They can get to this same content by making a formal request ... So yes, this addresses the exploit but if the NSA (or any government agency) wants in they can still go through the front door."
Facebook and its focus on the app market and ability to make money
"Apple actually uses a very different revenue model and Google pretty much owns on-line advertising. ... However [Facebook] could increase their revenue through apps sharply and for mobile users this could be the best way to revenue and profit."
Yahoo eliminating account sign-ins through social media platforms
"If they get compromised, then you get compromised, too. Having separate sign-ins is a higher level of security." [Yahoo wants control over account access.] "You really don't want to make it look like Facebook or Google own your future."
Major electronics vendors’, like Samsung and Apple, lack of support for the Linux Foundation's AllSeen Alliance
"The guys who are dominating the market are unfortunately not the guys who are jumping on this particular bandwagon.”
Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of Things Computerworld
Microsoft’s Mark Penn’s new focus exclusively on strategy
"In the battle with Google, Penn's political background should prove very powerful. This allows [Microsoft] to better defend against ... [Google's] ad-funded model [which] destroys the product-based model that currently sustains ... Microsoft.”
Nadella Begins Microsoft Leadership Transformation E-Commerce Times
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